- Performer:Solveig Slettahjell / Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet
- Title:Good Rain
- Date of release:October 30, 2006
- Size FLAC version1852 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1175 megabytes
- Size WMA version1604 megabytes
- Formats:APE ADX WMA RA MPC AUD
The three Act albums by Norwegian singer Solveig Slettahjell (pronounced Sulvay Shlet-i-yell) are branded "Vocal Jazz" - possibly a smart commercial ploy, given the success of jazzy singers such as Jamie Cullum, Lizz Wright and Madeleine Peyroux. However, Slettahjell is a one-off who takes a delightfully original approach to interpretation, with her fiercely contemporary Slow Motion Quintet, which includes Sjur Miljeteig (trumpet) and Morten Qvenild (keyboardist) . If you like Billie Holiday, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, then Good Rain is the album to bring you music.
Slow Motion Quintet was a very conscious choice of name for the band. It is literally like slow motion in the movies. Suddenly details in the music become apparent and the relationship between certain details become clearer and stronger – to me anyway - and I believe the audience can relate to that. The repertoire of her first albums that was illuminated in this way, embraced standards by Jerome Kern and Cole Porter as well as wonderful new discoveries from the pop repertoire from Tom Waits through to John Hiatt. Good Rain, the new album marks a new kind of achievement for the Slow Motion Quintet, as Solveig Slettahjell proudly explains: Morten, Sjur and myself composed nearly all the pieces on this CD ourselves. Each of us knows how we play, how we treat songs, so we are even freer with our own material. It becomes easier to stay true to our character, and that feels good.
Solveig Slettahjell (born 2 April 1971 in Bærum, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz singer, known for her soulful, seductive voice. Slettahjell had her record debut with the album Slow Motion Orchestra (2003), contains jazz standards like "All the Way" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". It was released after festival appearance at Nattjazz 2002. For her second album, Silver (2004), her band took the name "Slow Motion Quintet". In 2005, they released Pixiedust.
Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet, Solveig Slettahjell.
CreditsSolveig Slettahjell - Primary Artist
Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Quintet - Primary Artist